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Humor on the hoardings spotted before the first round of the French elections: “John Goodman (Jean Gentilhomme) for President,” the candidate of the “Nice Peoples' Party. That would make a change. © Paris Update

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?

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> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, through May 2.

Retail heaven
> You can buy just about anything at the century-old Foire de Paris, a gigantic pop-up store. Porte de Versailles, Paris. April 27-May 8.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, through April 29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Boukhrief’s La Confession, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 28.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, through May 28.

 

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Histoire d'Automates

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“Le Pierrot Lunaire,” by Gustave Vichy. Photo: Nathalie Prebende

There is always something creepily fascinating about automatons, and visitors to the exhibition “Histoire d’Automates” at the Théâtre des Sablons (62-70, avenue du Roule 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine; tel.: 01 55 62 60 35; through Dec. 29) will get a good dose of that particular sensation. Collected by an antique dealer, these mostly late-19th-century pieces have been restored but are still too fragile to be in constant movement while on display, so videos are provided to show what they are capable of (I recommend watching the one projected on the back wall before looking at the objects themselves). For some unfathomable reason, the pieces are displayed behind fine-meshed metal screens, giving visitors a rather blurry view of them. Many, like a realistic lion and cow, are little more than giant wind-up toys, while others are more complex. Some of the weirdest are the monkeys dressed as humans – apparently a popular conceit at the time – dancing, playing music, cooking or taking tea. Some of the creepiest and most interesting, however, are the modern-day ones commissioned from artist Nicolas Darrot. Heidi Ellison